John R. Crawford is dean and professor of dance in the College of Arts at Kent State University.
He previously served as interim dean and associate dean for Graduate Affairs in the College from 2006 to 2009. From 1996-2006, he served as director of the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State and producing director of Porthouse Theatre, a professional, summer stock theatre located at Blossom Music Center.
John performed professionally as a dancer and actor with the Richmond Ballet, VCU Dance Company, Kings Productions, Busch Entertainment Corporation, Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit, Porthouse Theatre and the Leaven Dance Company. He has choreographed professionally for Porthouse Theatre, the Northeast Ohio Dance Ensemble and Dance & Company in Virginia.
He holds a BFA degree in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University; a master's in dance from James Madison University and a doctorate in dance and dance education from Temple University.